The German champions Bayern Munich had an outstanding season under former coach Hansi Flick when Bayern won the German championship for the ninth time in a row and scored a whopping 99 goals in 34 games.
Die red collected 78 points – 13 more than runner-up RB Leipzig – but had to say goodbye to Flick at the end of last season.
Julian Nagelsmann took over the management of the Allianz Arena at a time when veterans such as Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Javi Martinez left. Therefore, the German coach knows that reinforcements may be needed to strengthen the squad before the start of next season.
FootTheBall takes a look at the players who could be a perfect match for Bayern as Die red start defending their title next month.
BAYERN MUNICH PRIORITY NO.1 – CENTER-REAR
IDEAL OPTION – PAU TORRES
The Villarreal defender won the Europa League and represented Spain at this summer’s European Championship with former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique at the helm for La Roja.
The 24-year-old formed a seemingly watertight partnership with veteran Raul Albiol for the Yellow Submarine when they won their first European competition.
He was also impressive for Spain when they reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals. He lost to eventual champions Italy on penalties.
Manchester United had shown interest in signing him as Harry Maguire’s defensive partner ahead of Victor Lindelof before the start of Euro 2020.
When he comes to the Allianz Arena, he will be in the heart of the defense for with 22 year old Dayot Upamecano The Reds – something that could signal the beginning of a new era for the Bavarian giants.
Should he actually travel from Villarreal to Munich, then Nagelsmann will surely breathe a sigh of relief when he prepares for the next season in Germany.
OPTIONAL BUDGET – GIORGIO CHIELLINI
If anyone had any doubts about Chiellini’s defensive abilities, they would surely have all been wiped out after the EM this summer.
His imposing presence will apparently be enough to deal with attacking players on the opposing team, although although he will be 37 next month, he has not lost his physicality and seemingly overwhelming presence in the heart of defense.
He is currently a free agent after being sacked by Juventus at the end of his contract with the Italian giants and will fit perfectly as Bayern don’t have to pay his release clause now.
And if he does arrive in Bavaria, he will certainly write the script for another adventure after his heroic deeds in Italy.
The whimsical option from FTB – JASON DENAYER
The Belgian was the linchpin of Lyon’s defense when the French club finished in the top four in Ligue 1. The Gone last season were 16 points ahead of Marseille (who was in fifth place).
Denayer was also part of the Belgian squad, appointed by Roberto Martinez for Euro 2020, and played against eventual champions Italy in the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich have the option to spend money on denayer despite the financial stress caused by the pandemic and an offer good enough Lyon may not be able to ignore this time of year.
His partnership with Dayot Upamecano behind him could usher in a new era in Munich after the departure of veterans like Alaba and Boateng, and since he is only 26 years old, he can further consolidate his legacy in Bavaria, which would be a fairytale adventure for him.
Denayer has the right mix of experience and youth to lead the defense in front of club captain Manuel Neuer while Bayern prepare to defend their title in Germany.
BAYERN MUNICH PRIORITY NO.2 – DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD PLAYER
IDEAL OPTION – KALVIN PHILLIPS
The Englishman has drawn comparisons to legendary Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo, but it’s not fair to categorize him in a debate about being on par with Pirlo in the role of a deep-seated playmaker. They both have different characteristics and mentalities when it comes to the beautiful game.
– Kalvin Phillips (@Kalvinphillips) May 18, 2021
Phillips was one of only two players, along with former Irish international Declan Rice, to have played in Euro 2020, including the final, without ever playing a minute of Champions League football for his club.
It was phenomenal as part of a double pivot for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 as Gareth Southgate’s protégés didn’t even concede a single goal from the open game at the four-year tournament.
Phillips’ arrival in Munich would give Leon Goretzka the license to participate in attack build-up and offer more options in attack, while Kimmich and Phillips hold the position in midfield.
OPTIONAL BUDGET – LEANDRO PAREDES
The Argentine has never been counted among the stars of Paris-Saint Germain, but his work ethic is excellent for The Parisians in Ligue 1, because whenever he plays and sits deep, it gives Verratti the opportunity to be more adventurous in the future.
Paredes is good at doing the job when he’s right in front of the defense at Paris-Saint Germain and that quality will not have been neglected by the Allianz Arena scouts.
He was an integral part of the Argentine team that won the country’s first major international award in nearly three decades in Brazil this summer
But it’s ironic that a player who has received so much praise and recognition from experts during the season won’t be on any major European club’s radar during the transfer window.
Bayern Munich can certainly use this situation to get him out of Ligue 1 before another club gets wind of it.
The whimsical option from FTB – RUBEN NEVES
The Portuguese was in the news recently for his ties to Manchester United in case they are unable to acquire Declan Rice from West Ham this summer.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich have a good chance of bringing him to Bayern after the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo to Tottenham Hotspur.
Neves has excellent passing and vision and has experience playing in a double point in front of the defense, which can be useful in Munich.
The 24-year-old can flourish in the Allianz Stadium as he quickly adapts to his surroundings in Germany after the relatively fast pace of the Premier League.
His £ 60m prize can benefit Bayern Munich, who could win a player with a sublime understanding of the game who could even help Joshua Kimmich in his role.
The Portuguese can seamlessly connect the defenders with the attackers during the game and, with his knowledge and understanding of the game, become a mainstay in Munich.
To make matters worse, he has a penchant for long-range stun hits when opposing defenses are brave and difficult to break with normal attack moves.
Therefore, Bayern Munich’s above options in the transfer market can be considered to strengthen their squad before the start of next season in Germany.